Third Encounter is one of the more famous sites in the Saba Marine Park.  A great plateau to look for pelagics or swim out to The Needle to see the Caribbean's most unique formation.photo courtesy Kat Destefano
Third Encounter

Mooring Depth: 95 feet (30m)
Maximum Depth: 110 feet (35m)
Voted “One of the Best 10 Dive Sites” by Sport Diver magazine in July 2008, the award winning color photo (link to News 2010 Features) by Mauricio Handler can be purchased exclusively at Sea Saba.  Located at the eastern end of the horseshoe shaped seamount, this dive can be conducted completely on top of the plateau or with a short trip out into the deep blue to the tip of the "Eye of the Needle" that rises majestically up from the deep to withinn 90 feet of the surface.


It's common to encounter Caribbean Reef Sharks and Yellowtail Snappers along the edge of the outcrops where the plankton rich water reaches the plateau and schools of shallow reef fish abound.
Keep your eyes peeled for large Nassau and Yellowfin Grouper as you venture out to The Needle. On the way back to the plateau, explore the seamount for sleeping Nurse Sharks. Be sure to continously monitor the blue even as you make your ascent as more than once, Manta Rays have delighted divers on their safety stop.

Imagine finding this spire? Well someone did...the 2012 News Features page has the story.